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Gardner "Mountain"

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Looking for potential cheeseburger summits in the area of South Lake Tahoe while visiting here, I found Gardner Mountain, which seems must have been partially removed to make room for a high school baseball field.  According to the summitcheeseburger map, the peak is right in the shortstop’s area, so off we went to consume our cheeseburgers.

Too bad the rest of the team didn't show up to enjoy our delicious cheeseburgers.

View of the outfield from the summit.

Another contestant for the "weird shit on top of the peak" category

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A short distance from the Tahoe Moonshine Distillery (where my son is the Master Distiller) is yet another Twin Peaks.  As is often the case, the peak is much farther and steeper than it looks.  I headed to the wrong Twin first and was stopped by cliffs, and had to head partway down and then up the correct Twin.  Lo and behold up another cliff was what looked like a beacon on the top of the peak.  Luckily there was a roundabout way to avoid the cliff, and Boo-burger and I were able to enjoy our cheeseburgers on top of the peak.

A steep cliff between me and the peak.

A beacon for the Tahoe airport?

No appreciation of the view.

View from the top with Lake Tahoe in the distance.

and after the summitcheeseburger, how about some Tahoe Moonshine?

Views of Lake Tahoe

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Round Mound

Head to Nevada Beach on Lake Tahoe and hike the mountain.  Beautiful views of the lake to the north, west and south make it all worthwhile.  And a cheeseburger to boot.

What a view!

Looking north.

Boo-burger doesn't appreciate the view, but certainly appreciates the cheeseburger.

USGS marker in the rock at the peak.

Graduation Day at UNR--conquer a Cheeseburger Summit

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Peavine Peak

While in Reno for my son Ross’ graduation we had a great view of Peavine Peak.  Ross said that he has his buddies drive him to the top so that he can mountain bike down.  Hey, this might be a cheeseburger summit.  Lo and behold, yes it is.  We stopped at the drive thru to get a cheeseburger for me and for Boo-burger, and drove up the long, bumpy dirt road to the mountain topped with an array of cell towers with wonderful views.

Great view of Reno from Peavine

Vew of Peavine from our hotel room

Quite windy on top!

Even for Boo-burger.

Rainy Day at Morton Hill

I joined with a couple of friends for a SOTA activation this afternoon and thought far enough ahead to grab some burgers on the way. We got to Morton Hill and the rains just kept coming. While we didn't make any radio contacts, we did enjoy a burger at Morton Hill today!

Rozell Et Benchmark

Fueled by burgers at Rozel Point the intrepid Cheeseburger Summiteers walked through bug infested lands to the next objective:  Rozell Et Benchmark. At times we were unsure of the direction but we found that someone (or something) had thoughtfuly placed a cairn along the way to point us in the right direction.  

We continued to the high point of the knoll and found our marker and enjoyed another burger, satisfied that we had done our sacred duty in adding to the list of completed Cheeseburger Summits.

Landscape Art at Rozel Point

On a hike to Mount Wire earlier in the week Kamadhenu, Sierra and Groundround decided a trip to the Spiral Jetty was in order.  Back in 1970 Robert Smithson created the Spiral Jetty out of black basalt boulders at Rozel Point Utah.  A quick check of the surroundings and we found it just so happens that the Spiral Jetty is located beneath TWO Cheeseburger Summits!!  

Well now!   Burgers were made and the trip was underway.  The Jetty is about 110 miles from Salt Lake City and very close to the Golden Spike National Monument.  Apon arrival we walked the Jetty then headed up the trail a 1/2 mile to our first summit of the day.  Then on to the next...

March Idaho Adventure

A marvelous March adventure to the dome at Twin Lakes, Idaho.... Skiing at Pebble Creek, soaking at Lava Hot Springs, but our adventure needed a cheeseburger summit to complete the trifecta of fun. Groundround and our host Chuck poured over the maps and identified a few peaks that might be winter accessible by a hike or snowshoe. We headed off down lonely dirt roads, looking for access, but we were thwarted at every turn. It would appear that "NO TRESPASSING" is the state sign of Idaho. The roads along the farm fields and ranch lands surrounding our targets were completely and professionally posted with no trespassing signs, so we headed off for other adventures. 

After a lovely day walking the Oneida Narrows and soaking at Maple Grove Hot Springs, Sierra, groundround and I decided that on the way home we would make one last effort to find an accessible peak. Driving a bit out of our way to Franklin, Idaho, we found the access road to Little Mountain. The road was blocked by a locked gate, but there was not a single "No trespassing" sign anywhere to be found. We decided that gateswere meant to keep out vehicles, not intrepid cheeseburger summiteers, so over the gate and up the hill we went. After a fairly short yet steep hike we found ourselves on the summit enjoying tasty cheeseburgers and spectacular views of the southern Idaho countryside.

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Little Mountain from a distance.

Mount Gilboa. Bloomington, MN

Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area might only have 150' of vertical, but (most importantly) it has a named peak atop its chairlift.   Priorities. 

Mount Simon. Eau Claire, WI

As 2013 nears it's conclusion, I couldn't help but feel that I was leaving it somewhat unaccomplished.  After spending the better part of the holidays dwelling on all of the coulda-shoulda-woulda, I finally realized what was missing.  

Hastily, I assembled my crew and gear and took off for Eau Claire, WI: The home of Mount Simon.  This was what I had been missing all along.  

As we arrived at the trailhead, the sun was making it's final move below the horizon, leaving us with a dark and snowy ascent to redemption.  

  Higher and higher we climbed, leaving behind the sounds of some dingus doing hot laps in his front yard with a snowmobile.  Glory was soon to be ours as we ascended over rock outcroppings and snow drifts.  

Is that the Hillary Step?

 

At last, the deed was done.  2013 can now be chalked up as a smashing success.  

See you in 2014!